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EPA chief Scott Pruitt will roll back Obama's clean power plan to cut carbon emissions


Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced Monday that the agency will roll back former President Obama's clean power plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions linked to global warming.

Pruitt announced the repeal at an event in Hazard, Ky. on Monday, calling the rule an unfair use of executive power.

"That rule really was about picking winners and losers," Pruit said, according to Fox news.

"The past administration was unapologetic, they were using every bit of power, authority to use the EPA to pick winners and losers on how we pick electricity in this country. That is wrong," he added.

The clean power plan set restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and was meant to help stymie increasing global temperatures.

Coal Industry officials have argued the plan, which was the centerpiece of Obama's environmental agenda, set unattainable standards that would have wiped out coal jobs.

Pruitt's announcement is the latest in a string of environmental policy rollbacks the Trump administration has pursued in recent months, including the clean water rule and restrictions on auto emissions and fracking.

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